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over three weeks off to touching down in moscow n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden finally a request for temporary asylum in russia. seven people were killed and over two hundred injured during the overnight in egypt backers of president morsi clashed with police and. protests across the u.s. reach a day after a neighborhood watch volunteer is cleared of murder despite shooting dead and black teenager.
live from studio center in moscow this is r.t. with international news and comment twenty four hours a day cia edward snowden has officially requested temporary asylum in russia that whistleblowers been stranded in a moscow airport for over three weeks now. following the n.s.a. whistle blows quest for refuge. well it does appear that his three week ordeal in the transit area of moscow sheremetyevo airport will soon come to an end and that is because the russian migration service has said it has now received an official application from him for temporary asylum in russia and although that will take three months to process in the meantime we think within probably five days he will be issued documents which will allow him to leave that transit area to pass through passport control and effectively walk on russian soil a free man we do know
a couple of things about his application firstly a lawyer that has been consulting with him has said that on that application mr snowden has made it very clear that he feels that he would be taught should if he returned to the u.s. we also know that mr snowden has agreed russia's precondition of giving him asylum and that was that he should no longer damage the u.s. as to snowden has said that he will not harm the u.s. while he is on russian territory this is probably part of a much wider plan for edward snowden even though if he was granted asylum he would be allowed to live and work in russia for up to one year he has said in a press conference on friday that his wider plan is to travel to latin america where he has been granted asylum in principle by three countries those being venezuela nicaragua and bolivia in the meantime president putin has said that russia should not be blamed for this ongoing saga and said if anything it's being
compounded by america's actions and should i'm not sure. because we didn't invite edward snowden and russia was in his final destination anyway he was in transit but as soon as he began his journey was revealed and our u.s. partners effectively blocked you taking any further flights they even made other countries afraid of taking him in no one wants to. we ended up blocked on our territory and you it's fair to say this story is far from coming to an end at the moment but today's news that it has officially applied for temporary asylum in russia is one small step towards that and in effect that he will now be able to leave we understand the transit area of moscow sheremetyevo airport within five days that after being stuck there for over three weeks. is not waiting for his request to be reviewed by russian officials and my colleague. discussed this with
ortiz news editor earlier and he says moscow is playing it smoothly. our understanding is that the. initial request this additional submission that's been been confirmed by the federal migration service can be reviewed for up to three months so what we're hearing is that snowden will be given some form of temporary refuge or temporary asylum status this interesting really i think moved him from. a normal state status. status into something a little bit more concrete after the u.s. revoked his passport when he left hong kong so i think snowden then finds himself with some paper and some paper as any reader version of richard will tell you some paper is better than no paper and i think snowden is probably in a better position and may well be allowed to exit the transit area from airport where he's been holed up for for the last three weeks and if he is get out from
there well then that gives him an opportunity to visit the other embassies or for example is on the bench in venezuela nicaragua and bolivia. in moscow and perhaps establish formal asylum request procedures there and basically shore up his options so russia is giving him asylum and temporary asylum but if you don't want him to stay well does that mean in my opinion i think they're playing this snowden situation very well it's very clear that this was not a situation of their making not an entirely welcome situation either as far as the kremlin would be concerned but i think they've i think they've done a very well on the one hand made it very clear that snowden would not be allowed to continue to damage the famous our u.s. partners while moscow's jurisdiction absolutely unacceptable and as we all know we are putin's words about an important putin's work that's not going to happen on the other hand the involvement of anatoly who has a has
a background in human rights work. has probably help shore up the human rights aspect of it and they seem to be playing the human rights aspect of snowden's asylum request by the book so i think the kremlin seems to be coming out of this new really strong position. so russia will most likely prove to be just a stopover for snowden before he heads elsewhere latin america is the most likely destination for the whistleblower let's see where exactly he could end up well glenn greenwald the man who's released much of what snowden released thinks that venezuela is the best option bolivia is also among the front runners especially after the grounding of its president's plane in europe because so much anger then of course there is nicaragua and it says it's willing to grant asylum off to receiving an application from snowden and ecuador of course the other option
despite the u.s. urging it not to help snowden as it did with we can leaks founder julian assange has so far snowden has pledged to stick to russia's conditions to stop harming the u.s. but jim killer is from the open rights group he hopes he'll continue the leaks as soon as he cared. i hope it doesn't mean that he has to not talk about what the united states have been up to in broad policy terms i mean he's been very careful not to threaten individual operations not to expose particular agents or to make claims which would result in people safety being compromised rather he's been talking about the broad programs that the united states and u.k. have been dealing with he says he's got a lot of material and i certainly hope he has more to tell us it does seem that way to completely change the debate right now and it's very important not to bait keeps happening i think a lot of things are happening in the wake of that there are at least two legal actions being launched in the u.k.
on the back of what he's revealed i expect will be more in the usa the tech companies are challenging on the basis of their own free speech and also to clear their names of i was been going on so there is a lot to happen whether or not he's got more material to give but i really would like to see whether he has got more to say and i hope he does. but if you've missed a key development over the past few days or just want to know the latest on edward snowden head to r.t. dot com for a timeline of everything that's happened so far and while you're there you can read about why he could receive a nobel peace prize for his leaks. and. stability remains elusive in egypt with at least seven people killed and over two hundred sixty injured in overnight clashes between police and supporters of the deposed president mohamed morsy this is the interim president has sworn in the country's new cabinet after hosting a senior u.s.
official for talks on his bill true has the latest now from current. once again the egyptian streets erupted into these very violent and chaotic street battles between supporters of the ousted brotherhood leaned on the security forces which actually continued into the early hours of this morning and we have heard that people have died hundreds have been injured in the latest is that over four hundred people have been arrested in connection with this sort of all to cations what's actually happened was that it took place in tudor cations across the capital one very close to i'm standing here in tahrir square ramses. supports of mohamed morsi has left the city and the city basically confronted security forces responded with tear gas the protesters threw back the rocks this spread into the side streets burning whole neighborhoods to a standstill meanwhile in another city in support of more see. which is across the river from where i am right now so against the backdrop to this very
violent situation here in egypt's top official bill burns the deputy secretary of state has visited egypt he is the first major fishel from america to come post the toppling of mohamed morsi he reportedly was here to meet meeting officials including the president interim president of the month and also civil society leaders and business leaders now washington said the purpose of his visit was to underscore u.s. support for egypt and also pushing for the end of violence and a transition towards sort of civilian democracy what we are seeing at the moment here in egypt is possibly a movement to the north towards the west from this interim government as the latest appointments have been mohammad and by the day of eating opposition figures with very good relations with the u.s. he's now vice president for an f. as in addition the foreign minister is the egyptian imo the former egyptian ambassador to the u.s. he of course is very well regarded in the u.s. the u.s.
for their part are making very cautious in the way that labeling what's happened in the last few weeks from the beginning with expressed concern. it's about it's a really really motivated tensions excluding a president morsi and you say that i think i just said it man i think when you say that you use his name was the question louis was do we agree with the call of the germans and i said yes i did the dishes the same but why why can you not say that i'm not playing this game and it's not. when i was you could hear that you know she's refusing to say the word mohamed morsy even though there are people here who actually against the ousted leader who believe that he is being held as a political prisoner in the u.s. have also been very careful about the use of the words military which is something that other nations. said the minute you're here for doing this would be because of course this would affect u.s. assistance to egypt that one point five billion dollars assistance they give to the army if this is mabel to king so you could be having
a very cautious movement from the u.s. reaching out to the interim government refusing so far to meet with any. supporters of the ousted leader and at the same time maintaining kind of course this reaction to the military behavior the last two weeks. after the break a court verdict which divided america we look at what's happening off the george zimmerman was found not guilty of murdering unarmed teenager trayvon martin that story in all this to the brink. i'm.
you know sometimes you see a story and it seems so you think you understand it and then you glimpse something else you hear sees some other part of it and realize everything you thought you don't know i'm trying hard to compose a big picture. three days of violent protests that's how thousands across the u.s. have responded to the controversial acquittal of neighborhood watch volunteer
george zimmerman he shot dead on a black teenager trayvon martin last year but the jury decided it wasn't second degree murder and set him free. was at a rally in new york. the yorkers are now back on the beach to take justice for trayvon bally's protest and it was even says that howie when i go for the view of the george zimmerman we all knew that more than eight hundred thousand people had signed their name puts a shame that was put forth by detainment. for the u.s. justice department to open it up for prosecution against george zimmerman on civil rights charges. as as we see the anger and the outrage is still boiling from coast to coast it seems like now that that this verdict has been rendered it feels like it's open season like we all have a target on our back not just from the police so we don't just worry about the
police now have to worry about some crazy races person killing us and claiming self-defense you know what i think it strikes on because here in new york even though it's such a diverse city we still you know see that kind of racism and discrimination on a day to day basis there's a heavy police presence right now so. the reality is. so far demonstrators have spilled out of the union square park and are walking through . manhattan below the park and of course they are surrounded by police officers on the street let's pan over there and to show us the police officers on motorcycles and police officers on what's clearly the crowd is very aggravated an incredible injustice to only one that lets everyone around us like a black man. do you think he actually got a free to wait a day and i think just trying to voice their opinion or just a black white thing it's not just because trayvon was
a little black boy it's it's it's the sickness here in america you know which you know it gets to decide who it's dangerous and who's not following three hours in the blazing heat demonstrators were still walking through new york city demanding justice and dozens of police officers by their side as sporting reporting from new york marino. california suffered some of the worst violent protests go to r.t. dot com to see what's been happening all the details in the press pictures from los angeles and oakland away should be right there. trains cancelled flights disrupted and hospitals left with just emergency staff in greece workers across the country walked out in a fresh general strike against austerity thousands of taking to the streets in athens unhappy at severe job cuts and international leaders want even more under
a bill expected to be passed this week around four fell's and state employees will lose their jobs by the end of the year up to a thousand workers are being fired in greece every day recent surveys by the hellenic statistical authority is showing since two thousand and nine unemployment has skyrocketed from a little over nine percent to almost twenty seven percent and greece's g.d.p. has plunged by almost one hundred billion euros or do you go to reports now from protests hit athens where people's anger has spilled onto the streets again. protected by law since the nineteenth century public workers are still considered to be the foundation of the greek economy but its creditors have demanded that the government cuts up to twenty five thousand public jobs before the end of the sea or otherwise we say is not going to get its latest financial aid package worth over six billion euros so doctors teachers security guards municipal police public transport drivers and others the whole got on strike and gathered at the country's foremen and happens to fight for their jobs for the past six years the greek
economy has been in recession unemployment is at twenty seven percent but the many of those who do work officially but haven't seen their salaries in months to handle three graduates are able to find a job there's a rise of drug addicts and the firm was including those with a five hundred patients and decades worth of work experience but the general feeling on the street is not only the government which is to blame for the situation the matter what happens next labor unions like you have organization saying i'm not going to back down until the troika and brussels especially realize that it's not only about adding or subtracting numbers but about the real lives for real people you got pissed off forty five happens greeks this is the third major star he struck this year alone but they made little difference earlier i spoke to catalina block who was one of the organizers the protests taking place in greece. we were still fighting and that's the thing as long as we agree if we keep on fighting the government says that their time is going to be the last messages. but
there's something extra because. the measures are not working we don't know what's going on with the future grants as long as we keep on the same rule that we're doing things are going to get worse and worse because people are losing their jobs . their less money. and their friends are closing taxes are. higher so. in other work that way. well with an online here's a quick look at what you can find it don't call it scandal hit i.m.f. head strong. comes out of the shadows to work for a russian bank beginning his comeback in the world of finance by joining the board an institution owned by state oil company. all the details right now.
russia's president plunges into the depths braved the waters of the baltic sea and a tiny submarine to inspect a russian frigates which sank over one hundred fifty years ago you can check out the video on our in motion page. with britain in the grip of stories he plans to raise bankers' bonuses couldn't be coming at a worse time in fact the latest figures suggest that the u.k. has three times more millionaires because than the rest of the e.u. put together professor of accounting prem sikka says this shows britain is falling into the same financial abyss the trap to. i don't think anybody would say that the bankers deserve a pay rise in britain there were probably say nurses and shop assistant and many people at the lower end but i think it just goes to show the failure of
british economic policy that many of the bankers and this european report indicates that the bankers which are getting these mega salaries are engaged in speculative activity there are so-called investment bankers so it really shows that rather than rebuilding the economic base britain is rewarding bankers for speculative services and it is that kind of speculation which has landed britain in huge economic problems so that is not really being addressed at all so it shows fundamental fault with the british economic policy and the political culture a decade of war has taken its toll in afghanistan but not on its booming drug trade pakistan has been hit hard with addicts lining the pavements because heroin is easier to come by decent meal but nato isn't exactly keen to talk about it may find some of the images in lucy coveralls report disturbing. an
ambulance rushes to kharaj largest morgue another body is brought in to be identified there's no shortage of ways to die in this city target killings bomb blasts and drugs abdullah was hoping not to find his father here has been searching karachi for more than two weeks as a last resort he checked this morgue but amid the portraits of the dead a grim discovery and a familiar face abilities father was addicted to heroin for almost a decade now he's another one of the drugs casualties. but i don't want to it's going to be hard to break the news to my mother but this is what happened and we have to face it there will be tears at home to my. tears that abdullah believes could have been prevented he says his father tried to quit several times but in pakistan there are few treatment centers and plenty of temptation by just i mean that i guess don has been flooded with heroin it's easy to get that it's even sold out in the open the police do nothing because they're also involved and just
a few blocks away a dark underworld in broad daylight these heroin addicts don't even bother hiding their habit it's not that pakistan has more than four million drug addicts but fewer than eighty dedicated we have clinics. where these young people may be in short. order era where. they may be popping up with problems but they share one thing in common what you assert that in london are bombs go up and heroin that deadly in. afghanistan is the world's largest producer of opium heroine's main ingredient and it accounts for ninety percent of the global supply roughly forty percent of it as smuggled through pakistan it's a multibillion dollar industry fueled by years of war and instability opium production is up for the third year in a row and is predicted to grow even further and once nato leaves in two thousand and fourteen there are fears that the floodgates will open for the spread of the deadly harvest you are going to get. the. wall of their school i suppose
but you would be inviting end of the war which would be very difficult. to wind up and decorated with a wall of drugs pakistani security experts want nato forces to take heed they have gone drug trade is the elephant in the room the biggest challenge which box on his face to face that in all of. twenty fourteen post for trial strategy drugs has been left out by the united states nato and other european partners as an issue which is not to be considered. the port of karachi a key drug smuggling exit point the city is flooded with cheap para one which addicts here say is easier to buy than a healthy meal and near a busy highway this hole in the wall serves as a makeshift heroin take out window money goes in and drugs are pushed out into eager waiting hands. i tell myself that i'll stop using this drug for the sake of my children that's what i'm thinking about but i can't help myself because my body
needs it and the heroine's easy to get to easy it seems pakistanis get through an estimated one point two billion dollars worth of heroin each year but rather excess just a dollar fifty is enough to get them high feel it's spreading now it's gone to my heart. straight to the heart from the heroin heartland of afghanistan a casualty of the poison spreading from the war zone next door you see caffein of our t. karachi. well up next we look at the u.s. government spending and the situation in the banking sector that's in prime interest from our washington studios now but with news team with more in just have a home from know. or remember those old wacky communist countries who constantly boost their numbers
to make themselves feel better or who cares if stores aren't the end this piece of paper a one hundred thousand tons of potatoes that is good enough for me well now we are in a new age of technology but the same lying to make yourself feel good is still going strong it just moved over to the capitals world the u.s. state department's bureau of international information programs has spent six hundred thirty thousand dollars on facebook advertising campaigns to get fans a sense of the government is out there to buy likes oh what a fantastic use tax dollars but wait maybe i'm being too pessimistic perhaps it worked and really helped spread the message of the u.s. state department effectively when the specter general's report says that since the advertising campaign started twenty eleven there has been a dramatic increase in users liking state department sites but the problem is that only two percent of them actually use the sites so you get what you pay for a big bag of likes but if you hard core fans probably the most shocking example is a vision of america group in farsi made for a rainy and which has gotten over four hundred twenty thousand members but only one
percent of them is actually in iran where facebook advertising doesn't even exist that's effective getting lots of likes doesn't mean you are actually reaching people instead of paying for them why not you know get them naturally bar by to. writing interesting honest content on a regular basis oh wait that takes effort and honesty yeah you know what just keep wasting the tax dollars but there's just a. little . that afternoon and welcome the prime interest i'm here in boring and i'm bob
english here's the headlines that we're tracking today and. more next signal a key in new york in manufacturing a poor beat expectations but the latest retail sales report this morning and disappointed that headline number increased to zero point four percent expectations were for example of that and when you dig into the nuts and bolts of the report it gets worse excluding the auto and gasoline components sales actually dipped below zero but does private spending even matter as much as government spending anyway bob inglis and our views warrant moser on modern monetary theory and his take on this question in just a bit then citigroup reported a forty two percent increase in profits for the second quarter good news right well that's things to layoffs and profits in emerging markets yes those would be the very same emerging markets the i.m.f. reported are in decline since bernanke is tapering talk so maybe the next quarter
might not be so rosy syrian born will break down income inequality later in the show but hey let's not forget how the merger between city and travelers that created the too big to fail city group happened in the first place that would be there you know of class. and in one nine hundred thirty s. separated banking from gambling many have figured that out as one of the proximate causes of the financial crisis but talking the proximate cause is there is always the fed itself with bernanke is whipsawed monetary policy and let's not also forget that citi received nearly one hundred billion dollars in federal emergency landing at the height of the financial panic thank you bloomberg and mark pittman for that will dodd frank prevent a repeat of or rhyme of two thousand and eight just in underhill interviews f.d.i.c had sheila bair on to big to fail in just a bit and here is what your prime interest.